In Minnesota, a Denim-Repair Shop Celebrates Wear and Tear
“There should be as many clothing repair shops as there are gas stations,” says Satchel B. Moore, founder of the Saint Paul, Minnesota-based denim service and mending shop Science and Kindness. “After all, there are more pairs of pants in the world than there are cars.” Moore started the initiative, which he runs out of his apartment, following his work at the local menswear boutique BlackBlue, where he sourced high-quality Japanese selvedge denim from brands including A.P.C., Left Field, Baldwin, and Raleigh. Many of his clients developed a connection to the jeans and, wanting more wear out of them, would often return to ask him for alterations or repairs. In an effort to reduce waste and extend the lifespan of clothing, Moore—who grew up in the Waldorf school system, where knitting, crocheting, and sewing are integral to the curriculum—decided to take on the stitching himself.